Center For Intercultural Organizing
Rating: 4.89 stars 83 83 reviews 5,678
Civil Rights, Race
700 N Killingsworth Street Portland OR 97217 USA
The Center for Intercultural Organizing (CIO) is a diverse, grassroots membership organization working to build a multi-racial, multicultural movement for immigrant and refugee rights.
Over nearly a decade, CIO has engaged thousands of individuals from diverse cultural, ethnic, and religious backgrounds, trained new immigrant and refugee community leaders, produced hundreds of educational events and mobilized countless immigrant and refugee community members to participate in civic life, and continually responded to individual incidents of discrimination and harassment in our community as they arise.
immigrants and refugees from over 70 countries of origin.
Direct beneficiaries per year:
hundreds of immigrants and refugees, who together advocate for just policies that will improve the lives of thousands
Geographic areas served:
Oregon and Southwest Washington
Community Education: CIO educates immigrants, refugees and U.S.-born allies on pressing community issues and strengthens and supports existing efforts to bring visibility to immigrant and refugee struggles. Civic Engagement and Policy Advocacy: Our civic engagement program provides a pathway for immigrants and refugees to participate in democratic processes through training programs, hands-on projects and collective action that produce concrete improvements in their lives. Organizing and Mobilization: CIO assists immigrant and refugee community members in building the organizing skills necessary to impact policies that affect them and to work collaboratively, mobilizing diverse constituencies. Intergenerational Leadership Development: CIO develops new leaders through a signature yearlong leadership development program, through strategic trainings, and through on-the-ground leadership positions within our campaigns.
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I started working at CIO in July as an intern for my graduate program. I instantly felt welcomed and like a valuable member of their team. CIO is a an amazing social justice organization, and this is evident in the work they do and their methods for doing the work.
CIO's commitment to social justice is reflected in their relationships with one another, their community members, and their community partners. They are quick to help each other with whatever is needed, even when it is not their project. They have authentic relationships with their community partners, and because of these relationships, they are able to advocate for a broad range of issues that impact communities outside of the immigrant and refugee communities, without over stretching their capacity.
I have met a dozen or more graduates of CIO'S leadership development program, PILOT, who are still actively engaged with the organization in meaningful ways. Some are now staff and members of their Board of Directors.
I have worked at CIO for four months, and it is a rich and supportive learning environment. I am already incorporating what I have learned into my work outside of this internship.
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Hello everyone, I was a participant in the PILOT Program with the Center for Intercultural Organizing (CIO). I enjoyed every moment spent participating in the PILOT Program. It was interesting how participants came from diverse backgrounds to learn and share experiences. Taking part in this program gave me an opportunity to be among a diverse group since I immigrated to the United States. It is amazing to learn about different cultures and to find out that though we come from different backgrounds, we all have something in common.
I enjoyed the blend of the activities during our PILOT Retreat; learning , playing and resting. I learn about my community - Oregon from the questions and answers. I was able to demonstrate my talents and share my experiences in life.
We also had amazing CIO staff and one more thing was the great powerhouse provided to us. Indeed, it was an awesome experience.
We have worked with the Center for Intercultural Organizing on many projects over the last two years. In our work together, CIO has helped us to strengthen our community work by giving us an avenue to involve our members in work that is a priority for the union and CIO. Such projects have included community forums, joint legislative work, and coalitions to pressure employers to hire more people of color in our union represented positions.
My name is Felicia Bechtoldt and I am from Moldova. When I moved to the U.S. in 2014, I was looking for leadership programs where I could apply as a non-U.S. citizen. When I found out about Pan-Immigrant Leadership Training and Organizing Program (PILOT) organized by the Center for Intercultural Organizing and its eligibility criteria, I immediately applied. PILOT is one of the fewest programs in the state, which focuses on enhancing leadership and advocacy skills of migrants, refugees and asylees. My PILOT and CIO experience has been great so far and recommend anyone to join the organization and apply for the program.
CIO has an amazing team of staff and leaders guiding innovative and brave work. I've worked in the non-profit sector alongside them for several years now, they've effectively managed to be a strong advocate for their community while always remaining true to their values. I can't say enough good things about their team and work.
I am a BOLD alumni and have been involved with CIO for 3 years now and the organization is amazing and definitely helps Immigrant and Refugees get the toolkit and learn how to organize themselves and get educated on current, former and future events or issues that are affecting us and how it can unite us to create this intercultural movement that we can become advocates for our own community and overall a better and just community for all Oregonians.
This organization not only provides incredible opportunities and support to immigrants and refugees but it makes you feel part of a family. The staff is very organized, professional and kind! Thank you CIO and keep up the great work.
It's great I can not do anything without it it's fabulous its approve all my skill and its help my to help my community Thank you all for all the services you have provided Thanks
The mission statement of CIO is a profound, visionary statement that speaks to the heart of the work they do: "Led by people of color, immigrants and refugees, rural communities, and people experiencing poverty, we work across Oregon to build a unified intercultural movement for justice." CIO organizes and empowers people who are traditionally excluded from power--immigrants and refugees, people of color, rural and working poor Oregonians--through leadership development, advocacy training, policy work at the local, state, and federal level. CIO believes in creating welcoming, inclusive spaces that make room for all people to be their full, authentic selves and you only have to walk through the door of one of their local offices in Portland, Beaverton or Rogue Valley to see that they put that belief into action. Every person is treated with dignity and respect and as a valuable contributor to the community and to society. CIO gives me the opportunity to live out my values in a meaningful way and I am grateful for the intercultural movement they are building in Oregon.
As a refugee, I came to Portland on August 2012 knowing nothing about the city that I suppose to be my new home. One time I went with a friend to a meeting for refugees in Beaverton and I first heard the word CIO. I asked what does CIO stand for and after I knew it, I became familiar with it. I attended several meetings representing the Iraqi Society which I volunteered to work with refugees.
Then I got the lit to light the candle that brightened me and led me to get the CIO Pilot Training. Then I got promoted in my society as a community leader. I learned how the institutions work and how bills can be done, what are our rights, Portland and its Counties….etc. The trainees form a diverse society whom became my friends. We had spent joyful days that I still remember. So I am grateful to CIO.